The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Parenting payment & DOP - documentation required


The following table lists documentation required with claims for the payments/benefits for DOP and in the parenting grouping. If more detail is required about specific documentation, the third column indicates where you will find this.

Payment type Documentation required More detail
Parenting payment
  • POI for the claimant, AND
  • POI for the partner, if recipient is partnered, AND
  • POI for the child General procedures for confirming & verifying identity (for POI of recipient, partner and children)

FA Guide Verification of child's name & date of birth

Double orphan pension
  • POI is NOT required
  • The child's birth certificate, passport or other suitable documentation to confirm the child's DOB
  • Parents' death certificates
  • The child's passport, travel document or visa to confirm refugee status Verification for DOP

Parenting payment

For PP, POI is required for:

  • the claimant, AND
  • the claimant's partner (where the claimant has a partner), AND
  • the 'PP child/ren'.

If POI for the 'PP child' has already been provided in the context of a claim for FTB, then the POI requirement for PP can be considered to have been met. It is NOT necessary for POI to be produced again. However, if POI for the child has NOT been provided in the context of an FTB claim, then POI must be provided.

Example: As a PP recipient has not claimed FTB, POI must be provided.

While an FTB record can be used for POI purposes for the child, an FTB record CANNOT be used as POI for the claimant or their partner. The claimant and partner must produce POI in the context of their claim for PP.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 8(a)(v) Principles of administration, section 192 General power to obtain information

Policy reference: SS Guide 8.1.1 Claim lodgement provisions

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